Bratton offers his take on Suffolk Police leadership


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The next Suffolk cop must pick the team

Bill Bratton’s celebrated law enforcement career includes leading the Boston and Los Angeles Police Departments – framed by separate terms in the NYPD two decades apart in dramatically different city halls and circumstances.

As a full-time resident of Hampton Bays for nine years, Bratton, 73, says he has remained generally familiar with recent high-profile lawsuits, tribulations and scandals in Suffolk County law enforcement , as well as day to day police work in towns and villages.

The Point asked Bratton how he would approach the county’s selection of a new police commissioner to succeed Geraldine Hart, who recently left after three years of service.

Bratton offered a general framework of considerations for the choice County Director Steve Bellone will have to make. “You often go out in a scandal,” he said. “In Suffolk they went with the FBI person – a very good choice. She did a great job during her stay.”

Should Hart’s successor come from a different or even distant department? Officials “need to look at the state of the problem now,” Bratton said, to assess what might work better.

“The advantage of a foreigner is that there is no allegiance to anyone within the department,” he said – but also, a foreigner “needs time to get up to speed” .

Either way, Bratton said: “What is essential to their success is the ability to choose their own team.” It could mean building that team from the inside out or bringing in expertise that may not already exist.

Overall, Bratton, the most recent author with writer Peter Knobler of “The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America”, points out how policing strategies must constantly adapt. to events and trends. He enjoys polishing the conference for the 1992 film “Glengarry Glen Ross” where salespeople are told, “ABC, always close”.

Policing anywhere, he says, is “ABR – always reforming.”

– Dan Janison @Danjanison

Subject of discussion

The journey to the Garbarino border a revelation

Look no further than Vice President Kamala Harris’ recent trip to the border – and GOP critics that it took so long – for an indication of the timeliness of the topic of mid-term immigration. of Congress in 2022.

One of Harris’ critics on this front was Rep. Andrew Garbarino, who tweeted about his own trip to the border and the “crisis” being watched by Harris and President Joe Biden.

Garbarino’s neighbor Congressman Tom Suozzi also visited the border this year, but the rest of the Long Island delegation haven’t been there recently. Le Point asked Garbarino for his takeaways from the May trip sponsored by the Republican Main Street Partnership, which included:

  • His support for maintaining Title 42, the public health rule under which border officials have turned back most migrants in the name of caution in the face of coronavirus. The Biden administration has hinted that it will lift the provision, invoked by former President Donald Trump during the pandemic. Garbarino notes that cases are still high elsewhere in the world.
  • The need he cited for a wall and technology to secure the border and find contraband at official border crossings. “I think they are 100% wrong in stopping the wall,” he said. “Having that physical barrier with the technology really helps border officers who are so dispersed to do their jobs.”
  • The “horrible” conditions that the migrants had to go through to reach the US 2 year old niece and nephew. “God knows what some of them had to endure on the way up,” he said. He introduced legislation regarding placement procedures for unaccompanied minors like these.

So how does all of the border travel, sightings, and politics fit into the broader politics of Congress? Immigration and the border are not a new issue, as Suozzi, another border visitor and member of the Problem Solving Caucus, points out.

“It requires a bipartisan approach with enhanced border security and a path to citizenship for dreamers and TPS recipients and a path to legalization for other long-term residents,” Suozzi said in a text message. “I worked on a big compromise with Andrew’s predecessor (Pete King), but unfortunately Mitch McConnell and others have always been a hindrance.”

Garbarino, for his part, winks at some of the general geopolitical issues driving immigration that Democrats like Harris have also highlighted.

The migrants “take this trip because they think life here will be better than where they are at home,” Garbarino said. “So we have to help them improve their lives at home.”

On the legislative level, it supports an immigration solution made in pieces to garner support.

“The debate right now, I think, is, can you do it in one big bill? He asked, “or is it smarter to do it in six little bills where all of a sudden you can get that two-party group of people?”

-Marc Chiusano @mjchiusano

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What’s the right read on the mayor of New York?

With the NYC primary votes more or less counted, the real contest begins: breathlessly deciding what the votes cast by the city’s roughly one million Democratic voters really mean.

One of them is the one presented by the winner of the Democratic mayoral primary Eric Adams himself: that he is the “face of the new Democratic Party”.

In this account, voters recorded a centrist or center-left preference on June 22, opting for a former Republican and NYPD captain who has worked on police reform issues but has also repeatedly focused on the public security. The runner-up candidate after the ranked choice vote was Kathryn Garcia, a rented town manager and bureaucrat who has diverged from the left wing on issues like policing and education. Maya Wiley, the former MSNBC contributor, came in third – despite the choice of Representatives Hakeem Jeffries and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, both candidates in New York to be the face of the party.

This reading suggests that New York voters – including working class and those outside the far-flung borough – were focused on jurisdiction and criminality and refused to go for the candidate types of far left who have recently flourished in city council and in congressional races along or near town. gentrification belt.

But that reading works less well for explaining the other competitive city-wide primary on the ballot – the comptroller, won by left-wing Brooklyn City Councilor Brad Lander, co-founder of the Council’s Progressive Caucus.

The comptroller plays a less important role than the mayor, and voters may not have thought about it as much. But the divergence – a centrist victory over a progressive one – suggests an alternative reading of the results at the city level.

Lander and Adams had campaigned formally or unofficially for years and therefore had a leg up on other high-profile challengers like Andrew Yang and City Council Chairman Corey Johnson. Lander and Adams were well-known political figures with a long history of electoral politics who led relatively disciplined campaigns, each of which could have explained their victories.

And there were other factors in the mayoral race that foiled the progressives beyond a potential centrist upsurge. Several left-wing candidates have come forward and refused to make any real alliances through the ranked system of choice. It split the field, which Adams narrowly won. Allegations of sexual misconduct have hampered Comptroller Scott Stringer’s campaign and distanced a long-time well-known opponent from the actual challenge. And newspaper mentions – especially that of the New York Times, which picked Garcia – seemed to have a significant influence this year with a wide scope and a whole new electoral system.

It’s a less radical read but one that gives hope to hard-working candidates across the Democratic spectrum.

Mid-season cue.

-Marc Chiusano @mjchiusano

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